Guarnieri’s “Bialbero di Natale” (Double Christmas Tree)

Double Christmas Tree by Francesco Guarnieri

Double Christmas Tree by Francesco Guarnieri

Created by: Francesco Guarnieri on Facebook; personal blog; on Flickr

Published in: Creator’s blog (diagrams); The Fold #7 (Crease Pattern only)

Why: I appear to be consistently motivated to fold things every year at this time. Not surprising, perhaps, given the wealth of really nice holiday-related origami out there! I’d wanted to fold some of these lovely trees last year, but didn’t have time, so I decided to give it a try this year.

As I expected, having folded some things by this creator before, it’s a very nice piece, quick to fold, very sturdy in its final form. As a module it’s very flexible and it is fun to experiment with different sizes and stacks of the modules to build different trees.

The picture above is made from 6 units, from squares of 13 cm, 15 cm, 11 cm, 11 cm, 9 cm, 9 cm (from bottom to top) and the tree stands just about 10 cm tall.

Here’s a different arrangement, for fatter trees (15, 13, 11, 9 cm):

Variation of Bialbero di Natale by Francesco Guarnieri

Variation of Bialbero di Natale by Francesco Guarnieri

(And in an utterly random aside, I find it amusing that an alternate translation for “bialbero” is “double overhead cam”. “Albero” is tree, but also “shaft” and clearly the engine-tech word is more common in Google’s dictionary, anyway. Heh.)

(Doubly random aside: clearly the universe failed to end today. Yay.)

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